Friday, August 21, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
They say that wherever you are when you visit Manhattan, you are never more than twenty feet from a rat. Where we live in Rockland County, that could almost be said of bears. This spring and summer has been unusually active for Black Bears around our property, which backs up to Harriman State Park.
One surprising fact about Black Bears is their ability to climb trees. Our two dogs have regularly barked up a tree in the neighboring woods with a bear perched on branches thirty feet up. Hikers and other park visitors don’t realize how often they come within sniffing distance of wild Black Bears because they seldom look to the trees. The animals can be hard to spot, as Black Bears blend into the shady leaves and branches and seldom move.
Normally in June, black bear movement increases as the breeding season begins and yearling (one-year-old) bears disperse to find their own space. Inevitably so. ...